An interesting compilation of games with some you can only get here
Like any good video game company with a long legacy of top notch games, Capcom has put out numerous compilations celebrating some of the best titles in their library. The longtime developer is gearing up to add another assemblage to their repertoire later this week with Capcom Fighting Collection — a gathering of 10 classic games all rolled up into one package with a single price tag.
With compilation products, it can be difficult for a company to justify having fans pay for games they probably already own or have owned in the past, so it typically comes down to game (and version) choice as well as the bells and whistles. Does Capcom Fighting Collection have enough to be worth the money? Read on to find out.
A collection of games is only as good as the games that comprise it. While I was a little bit skeptical upon first booting it up, I can now say that Capcom Fighting Collection definitely has a killer assortment of titles to choose from.
What had me somewhat concerned at first was the fact that of the 10 titles included in this package, a whopping 5 of them are Darkstalkers games. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Darkstalkers series, but initially I feared that over time fans (and myself) might lean toward maybe one or two of these titles to play consistently, ultimately meaning a solid chunk of the slots in this collection would end up feeling like they could have gone to better use with different titles and the other non-Darkstalkers games featured here might not pick up the slack enough and provide the right amount of bang for your buck.
This isn’t the case at all, though. For the first time ever outside of Japan, this compilation brings all five of the Darkstalkers entries together and allows many of us to experience the Japanese exclusive Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge and Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire for the very first time — which is fantastic.
Even if you don’t find yourself playing every single one of the five installments regularly, simply having them all in one place — with training mode and online play — is worth at least some of your hard-earned money if you’re a fighting game aficionado or a collector at heart.
Talbain and Victor slug it out in Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors.
Now, Capcom Fighting Collection will run you $39.99 USD, and I don’t think I can honestly say that just the Darkstalkers games alone are worth that much — considering past compilations coming in at a fraction of that price. Fortunately, the rest of this assortment’s offerings are strong as well.
There are endless titles Capcom could have chosen for this collection, and over the years we’ve seen Capcom use a lot of similar games across different compilations. Capcom Fighting Collection has a standout title in Red Earth, however, a game that is being released on consoles and PC for the very first time exclusively here.
Red Earth is a game that feels like several different genres all rolled up into one, and it’s awesome. It’s a fighting game at its foundation, but it has very clear RPG elements and focuses heavily on boss rush.
Much like a lot of people who end up buying Capcom Fighting Collection, this was my first time experiencing Red Earth. Since this is an established Capcom classic, I won’t go too far into reviewing the specifics of the game itself, but rather, I will say that the single-player mode here brings a lot of replayability to this collection, and something that feels fresh and gives you reason to go back time and time again is exactly what you want for a re-release of old school titles.
Red Earth is fun as hell, and if you’re anything like me you’ll be sinking quite a bit of time into it in an attempt to level up, unlock new moves, and learn the backstories of its four playable characters. If you’re not like me, however, you have a solid selection of other games to dive into instead.
Tessa’s big super move about to pelt Leo in Red Earth.
Naturally, Street Fighter 2 is represented here in the form of Hyper Street Fighter 2: The Anniversary Edition, and this is also refreshing as we didn’t see this definitive edition of the game in the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. You can never go wrong with Street Fighter 2, and there’s still Cyberbots, Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo, and Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix to enjoy here as well.
Cyberbots is another game that has had limited availability over the years, last seeing a release on the PlayStation 1. This makes it another sound choice for the collection and another great reason to slap down your cash for it.
The whole package is rounded out with Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo and Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, which are both much more on the easy-going and lighthearted end of things. In a selection of mostly hardcore competitive fighting games, it’s nice to see a couple of more casual options for those who want to get some gaming in, but also just want to relax and not be on the edge of their seat fighting for survival.
Capcom Fighting Collection shines most by granting fans access to titles they’ve never had the opportunity to play before. It stands as one of Capcom’s best and most unique compilations, bringing in a little something for everyone.
Diving into this compilation, you’ll find some slick menus strewn with badass chibi artwork of classic Capcom fighters. Not unlike Street Fighter 6, it feels like the theme here is “the streets” too, as the whole thing has a graffiti vibe to it and the music is mainly some chill Hip Hop.
While the production value here isn’t on the level of what you might find in a AAA fighting game, Capcom did pay close attention to some of the areas that count the most when it comes to re-releases of old school fighting games. Players are given several display options that allow you to change the size of your game screen, the background, and of course, filters that make the games look more like the arcade versions these installments are based on.
There are seven different visual filters you can select from that do things like add scanlines to the screen to make the experience feel more arcade authentic. Some of these look great, and personally I found myself rocking filter Type E the most throughout my time with the collection.
A sweet, sweet scanline filter over Hyper Street Fighter 2: The Anniversary Collection
Outside of the games themselves, Capcom Fighting Collection also features a Museum mode for you to peruse. This includes over 400 music tracks from across all of the included titles, concept art, promotional pieces, and more.
“Capcom Fighting Collection shines most by granting fans access to titles they’ve never had the opportunity to play before. It stands as one of Capcom’s best and most unique compilations, bringing in a little something for everyone.”
For the old school buffs, this is an absolute treat as all of the iconic tracks you know and love are here for your listening pleasure. It is also great to see some of the beautiful pieces of concept art for games like Red Earth, and the early designs for the Darkstalkers characters are incredibly interesting.
I do wish you could select a song from the Museum and have it play while you move through the rest of the game’s menus, though. Listening to these tracks is isolated to only the Museum, and that’s a bummer, but it’s not the biggest issue either.
Capcom Fighting Collection also has in-game challenges for all you completionists out there, though they didn’t feel prominent or interesting enough to give me the incentive to try and complete them all. They are another added layer of gameplay for those who want it, and there are over 40 for you to try and work through if you should so choose to do so.
Quality of Life
Perhaps my favorite facet of this collection is the ability to hop into training mode in 9 of the 10 included games (excludes Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo). All you have to do is hover over your game of choice, hit one button, then you’re ready to start sparring.
There are a nice selection of training options here as well, with information like damage details and the ability to turn on inputs being available across the board. This training mode doesn’t go deep enough to grant players hitbox and hurtbox displays, but you are able to control the dummy’s behavior, record, and playback to practice specific set ups and situations.
For arcade exclusive games like Red Earth and the two Japan-only Darkstalkers titles that never had a training mode, this is a very welcome addition. Hell, it’s just a great inclusion to have overall.
What makes this collection even better is that every game on the list has online play. You can engage in ranked matches, casual, and custom, and Capcom Fighting Collection gives you great options when it comes to finding and entering a battle.
When opting to fight online, you can toggle on and off which titles you want to find matches in, choose whether or not you want to be matched with international players, and enable one-button special moves (if you’re a newer fighting gamer and prefer to find others who are doing the same).
Even better, though, is how you can pass the time while finding a match. Capcom Fighting Collection allows you to simply wait at the menu screen, hop into any game of your choosing and play, or dig into the Museum that has tons of artwork and music from the 10 titles to enjoy. It’s a great distraction while you find your next opponent, and a feature that belongs in all fighting games.
Online play has some slick options to choose from.
Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to experience how these games play online due to pre-launch inactivity on the servers. We’ll have to follow up after the game is in the hands of the public for an accurate review of Capcom Fighting Collection’s online experience, which boasts rollback netcode for all 10 of these classic games.
Capcom Fighting Collection reintroduces the world to a handful of games that many of us have never had the opportunity to play before. This isn’t something we see often in compilations of classic titles, and it definitely adds to the value of the entire package.
Red Earth, one of the main stars of the show here, is a fun retro game that brings an enticing single-player experience to a collection that consists mainly of competitive fighting games meant to be played with friends and foes. The other main star, the entire Darkstalkers series of games, will undoubtedly please hardcore fans and those wishing the Darkstalkers weren’t dead.
There’s a lot to sink your teeth into here with not only the games themselves, but the Museum mode that gives you access to over 400 music tracks to bop to and some amazing artwork to marvel at.
While the offline offerings are stacked enough as it is, all 10 titles here also feature online play with lobbies of up to nine competitors. Although we haven’t had the opportunity to fight over the internet just yet, this game comes equipped with the highly coveted rollback netcode for what we hope will be a smooth experience.
If you fancy yourself a hardcore fighting game fan, Capcom Fighting Collection should be a no-brainer and is definitely worth the money. Those more on the casual end might find the $39.99 price tag a bit steep, however, there’s a lot of fun to be had for those willing to take that chance.
Capcom Fighting Collection is set for release on June 24, 2022. It will be available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.